Entries by Marco Schwartz

How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home

This article is a guest post from Sarah Pike (https://twitter.com/sarahzpike). Smart technology has the potential to streamline your life and make everything from getting out of bed in the morning to locking up at night easier. Investing in automated systems and appliances with Wi-Fi capability and mobile integration is one of the simplest ways to […]

Control a Relay From Anywhere Using the ESP8266

As I was building more and more home automation projects using the ESP8266 WiFi chip, I was looking for a simple solution to control my ESP8266 projects remotely. I wanted to be able to control my projects not only from my local WiFi network, but from anywhere in the world, simply by using a web browser. I […]

Are We Creating An Insecure Internet of Things?

This article is a guest post from Nermin Hajdarbegovic from Toptal. I know many of you are concerned by the safety aspects of the Internet of Things, so I hope that you will enjoy it! The Internet of Things (IoT) has been an industry buzzword for years, but sluggish development and limited commercialisation have led […]

Make a Cloud Data Logger With the Particle Photon

When building Internet of Things projects, for example with Arduino, one problem is to find the right cloud platform for your project. It can be difficult to configure, and then it can be even more complicated to write the code so your project connects to this particular platform. Particle (ex-Spark) solved this problem for us with […]

How to Choose Your ESP8266 Module

The ESP8266 is an amazing chip for all your home automation & Internet of Things projects. This chip costs less than $5, has WiFi connectivity, an onboard processor, and is compatible with the Arduino IDE. I already wrote a guide on how to get started with the ESP8266, but I wanted to dive deeper and answer a […]

Cloud Temperature Logger with the ESP8266

The ESP8266 is an amazingly cheap & small WiFi chip that can be used for several home automation applications. In this project, we are going to use it to automatically log temperature (and humidity) measurements in the cloud, and display these measurements inside an online dashboard. By following this tutorial, you will be able to […]